Community leaders and elected officials attending our 35th annual Vincent Chin Day of Rememberance event
ACJ partners annually with APIAVote-Michigan and several other organizations to conduct community and voter engagement. Educating Asian Americans about voting and the importance of making their voices heard is central to our work.
ACJ partners every election with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) to conduct exit surveying, document incidences of voter suppression, and work with city clerks and elected officials to improve voting procedures for all.
ACJ has begun an exciting collaboration with Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA (AAAJ-LA) to deploy attorneys to polling locations in highly-populated Asian American districts so they can monitor, challenge, and potentially litigate incidences of voter suppression. ACJ is also working with state and local elected officials to ensure translated voting materials are always readily available for those who are limited English proficient.
Volunteers are a key component of our work. Please contact us if you would like to help us protect voting rights.
We are a staunch supporter of fair and just treatment of citizen and non-citizens. We partake in immigration reform advocacy in a variety of ways, from meeting with law enforcement and ICE officials about problematic enforcement activities, to assisting with citizenship and naturalization services. We also conduct public education the rights immigrants have, and provide social, economic, and legal resources to those classified as immigrants, refugees, and/or detained persons.
If you are an immigrant and need assistance with any issues, please contact us.
American Citizens for Justice/Asian American Center for Justice (ACJ/AACJ), in partnership with Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA (AAAJ-LA), is offering a fellowship for Asian American first or second-year law school students for the Summer 2020. Students will work closely with AAAJ-LA’s National Voting Rights Project to investigate and potentially litigate incidences of voter suppression in Michigan. Fellows will research and recommend policies to improve voting access to disenfranchised communities, and meet with political officials and key policy stakeholders. See the link below to apply, or for more information or questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACJ is a member organization of the Asian American Engagement Coalition (AAEC). This coalition works with legislative members of the Asian Pacific American Caucus, who represent highly-populated Asian American districts in Michigan. The coalition works to identify pertinent policy issues affecting Asian Americans and advocate for policy reform.
ACJ collaborates with the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC) , sharing issues that affect Asian Americans in Michigan. Commissioners are appointed by the Governor to serve the APIA community through advocacy. Members of ACJ’s Board of Directors are appointed members of the commission
ACJ frequently gives presentations on the social and economic contributions Asian American have made to the stage of Michigan. We also share information on immigration laws in the workplace, naturalization and citizenship, healthcare coverage, and voter protection. We are the yearly featured Asian American organization presenter of New Detroit’s Multicultural Leadership series.
ACJ also partners with the University of Michigan‘s Asian, Pacific Islander American Studies department as a featured field site in it’s annual American Culture 305 course. Please contact us for more information on how you can intern with us for course credit.